General Information:


Chair: Howard B. Gutstein, M.D.
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Program Director: Erin A. Sullivan, M.D., D.ABA

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Associate Program Director: Michael L. Boisen, M.D.

Mailing Address:
Department of Anesthesiology 
3471 Fifth Avenue Suite 910 LSK
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

Phone: 412-692-4528
Fax: 412-692-4515

Program Coordinator:  Monique M. Dowdy

Application Process:

Applicants with an interest in adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology who will successfully complete their Anesthesiology residency training in an ACGME accredited program prior to beginning their fellowship are encouraged to apply. Applicants should provide a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, evidence of medical school graduation, all medical licensure exam scores, anesthesia in-training examination scores, and a minimum of three letters of recommendation from senior cardiac anesthesiology faculty who have worked closely with the trainee. Selected applicants will be invited for a formal interview. All applicants must register with the San Francisco Match at 

General Program Information:

Number of positions: 4
Position(s) available 2017-2018: 0
Position(s) available 2018-2019: 4
Type(s) of Fellowship Training Available:

  • Clinical Only

Annual Salary: $65,083.20 plus benefits and educational stipend
Minimum Length of Training: 12 months
Number of CA-4/CA-5 Fellows Completing 12-24 Months Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular Training in Previous 5 Years: 20


Erin A. Sullivan, M.D.
Heart and lung transplantation, regional anesthesia for cardiothoracic surgery, intraoperative TEE;adult congenital cardiac anesthesiology; management and treatment of pulmonary HTN

Michael L. Boisen, M.D.
intraoperative TEE, adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology, education, simulation

John C. Caldwell, M.D.
Adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology; intraoperative TEE

Stephen Esper, M.D., MBA
intraoperative TEE, adult cardiothoraic anesthesiology, education, clinical research, ERAS

Theresa Gelzinis, M.D.
intraoperative TEE, pediatric and adult congenital cardiac anesthesiology, education

Heather K. Hayanga, M.D., MPH
intraoperative TEE, adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology, education, outcomes research

Rama Joshi, M.D.
intraoperative TEE, adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology, education

Jose Marquez, M.D.
regional anesthesia for cardiothoracic anesthesiology, education, transfusion therapy

Stephen M. McHugh, M.D.
adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology, intraoperative TEE, education

Dennis Phillips, D.O.
adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, intraoperative TEE, education

Kathir Subramaniam, M.D., MPH
Adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology; intraoperative TEE, clinical research, simulation

Jeffrey Varga, M.D.
Operating room equipment; adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology; intraoperative TEE

Academic Program:

Fellow Conferences Frequency: Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly
Type: Didactic lecture series (weekly);TEE Review (weekly); Case discussions/QI (weekly); Journal Club (Quarterly); Interdisciplinary Cardiothoracic Conference (monthly); Combined cardiac anesthesiology/cardiac surgery clinical case conference (weekly)
Extra-Institutional Educational Conference Support: 5 meeting days per year
In the Previous 5 Years, Fellows were 1st or 2nd Author On:

Abstract: 18
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles: 9
Book Chapters: 8
Other Publications: 4

Funding: Departmental and Institutional funds: conference stipend $2,000/year; book fund $600/year
Dedicated Research Time: Arranged on an individual basis; elective months may also be used for research
Echocardiography Instruction: 1 month comprehensive intraoperative TEE rotation (required); 1 month additional comprehensive intraoperative TEE rotation (elective);  intraoperative TEE for all cardiac cases; TTE elective available
Critical Care Rotation: 1 month CTICU
Formal Course Work Available in: Arranged to suit the interest of the fellow
Maximum Time in Non-OR Activities: 4 months out of 12 total months

Clinical Program:

Number of Cardiac Procedures with CPB Per Year: 1632
Distribution of cases: 38% CABG, 49% Valves; 9% Thoracic Aneurysms; 1% Intracardiac Tumors, 1% Adult Congenital; 2% Cardiac transplant
Average Number of CPB Procedures Per Trainee Per Year: 108
Number of Cardiac Procedures off-CPB Per Year: 356
Distribution of case: 61% OP-CAB; 1% Mid-CAB; 30% Lung Tx; 8% thoracic aneurysm
Average Number of off-CPB Procedures Per Trainee Per Year: 13
Number of Non-Cardiac Thoracic Cases Per Year: 1313
Number of Heart, Lung and Heart/Lung Transplants Per Year: 30 heart transplants, 101 lung transplants, 2 heart/lung transplants
Number of Major Vascular Cases Per Year: 300